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February 1, 2013

Goshen College again offers an online resource to help believers make time and space in their hearts and minds to reflect during the season of Lent.

Beginning Feb. 13 (Ash Wednesday) and culminating on March 31 (Easter), Goshen College students, faculty and staff will provide weekday reflections based on the Sunday’s upcoming lectionary Scripture passages. Many writers will reflect on the theme: “Ashamed No More,” taken from Mennonite Church USA worship resources.

The devotions will reflect honestly on the Scriptures and offer words of assurances of faith. The spiritual offerings will include poetry, personal stories, reflections and prayers, all intended to more closely examine the call to change and follow Christ.

Since 2001, Goshen College annually celebrates special seasons of the church calendar, particularly Advent and Lent, with online devotions.

 

April 8, 2012

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By Gwen Gustafson-Zook, minister of worship
SCRIPTURE: Mark 16:1-8 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Two downcast women, deep in grief and weighed down by pain and suffering,
laboriously take one step at a time in the direction of their pain –
unable to avoid the inevitable,
unable to make sense of the senseless,
unable to do anything other than that which they know must be done:
funnel whatever energy remains into tender touch
for the one they so deeply loved,
for the one they so painfully lost. (more…)

April 7, 2012

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By Liliana Ballge, financial aid assistant director
SCRIPTURE: Acts 10:34-43 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

I remember growing up in church hearing the stories about Jesus feeding the multitudes, healing the sick, making the lame man walk and bringing Lazarus back from the dead. I wondered how could a man perform such miracles. As a child, my wonder was more of an amazement and awe of how God could do all these things that appeared to be impossible and simply believed. However, as an adult, our wonder can sometimes turn into times of questioning and doubt of “how can I believe?”

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April 6, 2012

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By Ben Sutter, a senior history and communication double major from South Bend, Ind.
SCRIPTURE: John 13:1-17, 31b-35 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Jesus does something incredibly curious as he’s sitting with his friends the night he’s arrested. He acts, as Jesus often does, in a way that causes us to pause. In John’s highly narrated account of Jesus’ last supper with his disciples, we read an explanation of Jesus’ thought process. (more…)

April 5, 2012

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By Launa Rohrer, associate dean of students
SCRIPTURE: I Corinthians 11:23-26 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

We lost Grandma during Lent this year.

Growing up, staying at Grandma’s house was a treat. We had our routine. Breakfast always included homemade bread and vitamin C. Grandpa always read Scripture; Grandma read the meditation. Grandpa prayed for each child and grandchild before the day began. At the close of each day, Grandma would dole out cran-raspberry juice to each of us, hug us and send us to bed. (more…)

April 4, 2012

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By Leanna Teodosio, a sophomore sociology and Bible and religion double major from Lima, Ohio
SCRIPTURE: Psalm 116:1-2, 12-19 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Have you ever really taken the time to listen to what a middle schooler had to say? There are some who call me crazy, but middle school is my favorite age group for a variety of reasons, including their stark honesty, humor, energy, emerging autonomy and individuality, to name a few. (more…)

April 3, 2012

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By Jodi H. Beyeler, assistant director of public relations
SCRIPTURE: Exodus 12:1-14 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

As a kid, did your mom ever whisper to you when you left for summer camp, a sleepover or a date, “Don’t forget who you are and where you came from”? At the time, I thought that my mom just didn’t want me to embarrass her or my family. (more…)

April 2, 2012

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By Ruth Hochstetler, day circulation supervisor in the Good Library
THIS WEEK’S THEME: Later you will understand
(NOTE: In this final week of devotions, there will be devotions on Saturday and Sunday.)
DEVOTIONAL:

Three jars took up residence atop my bedroom dresser soon after I first started earning money as a child. One was labeled “savings,” another “spending” and the third “tithe.” (more…)

March 30, 2012

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By Jim Brenneman, president
SCRIPTURE: Mark 11:1-11 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

As you read this, I am with a group of pilgrims preparing for another Palm Sunday procession. Literally, we are “approaching Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives,” where Jesus sent two disciples to find a donkey colt for him to ride into Jerusalem by way of the Lion’s Gate. I have made this pilgrimage before. (more…)

March 29, 2012

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By Liz Core, a junior communication major from Pella, Iowa
SCRIPTURE: John 12:12-16 (NRSV)
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DEVOTIONAL:

Today in my Restorative Justice class we were invited into an exercise in which a statement was said – “English should be the official language of the United States” for example – and were told to take a stand by walking to the side of the room labeled either “agree” or “disagree.” (more…)

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